Theft Defense Attorney Denver
The Iyer Law Office LLC, Denver, Colorado
Theft Defense Attorney: Theft is defined as the taking of something valuable from a person with the intent to permanently deprive that person of the thing. The District Attorney must prove that you intended for the owner to never get the items or money back. If you borrowed the items or money, this is not considered to be a criminal act in Colorado – even if the owner was not aware that you borrowed it.
Theft can be a felony or misdemeanor in Colorado, depending on the value of item(s) or money stolen. The class of criminal offense is determined by the value:
- Under $500 is a Class 2 Misdemeanor (M 2)
- $500 to $999.99 is a Class 1 Misdemeanor (M 1)
- $1,000 to $19,999.99 is a Class 4 Felony (F4)
- $20,000 or more is a Class 3 Felony (F3)
- Theft from the person of another by use of force, threat, or intimidation is a Class 3 Felony(F3)
If you commit several thefts, and are later caught for the thefts, the total amount of the thefts (added together) may be used to calculate what degree of crime you are charged with. For example, if you stole $300 in November (a misdemeanor), and then $300 in December (a misdemeanor), and then $400 in January the District Attorney can combine the totals to make $1,000, and charge you with a felony.
If you steal something directly from the actual body of a person, for example, pick-pocketing someone, it is a Class 5 Felony, regardless of what is taken – even if it is worth a penny.
The sentence for Theft cases will often depend on the facts surrounding the case. Someone who steals something on a momentary impulse will likely get a lesser sentence than someone who stole methodically and repeatedly over time. A person who stole $16,000 may get probation, while the person who stole $200,000 may go to prison. Theft from at-risk adults or children will be treated more severely. Penalties are usually harsher when you steal from someone who has entrusted you, such as an employer.
Theft by Receiving:
Theft by receiving, much like it sounds, is accepting something when you know it has been stolen. A defense to your Theft by Receiving case may be that you had no knowledge that the items had been stolen. The possible sentences for Theft by Receiving are also based on dollar value, and are identical to those for Theft (see above).